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Frederik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 05:05 PM
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15. Blowing up civilians
is a horrible atrocity and can't be defended in any way. But unless you're a pacifist (which is a perfectly legitimate position, when applied consistently), you must agree that it's legitimate to oppose an invading or occupying army with violent means, however horrible that is. That's a pillar in international law back to the days of Grotius.

The anti-Nazi resistance in Europe did nasty things against German soldiers who were for the most part just ordinary young men in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Whether the "insurgents" are nice people (many of them are certainly not) and where they get their money from is not relevant to the legitimacy of their actions. I stress again that attacks against civilians are never legitimate.

That aside, the Baathist and "al Qaeda" affiliated insurgents in Iraq are probably not people with whom one would wish to be associated. But that goes for the fundamentalist forces who are seizing power there too. The future looks bleak from a women's rights perpective (well, from any perspective).

It's a sad, sad situation.
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